Lowers Lights Up

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Full of confidence, Julian was throwing everything at the first section every time he took off. Nose picked, mid-rotation, one foot on the board... all control. Photo Trevor Moran

From dominating at Teahupo'o on Forget Me Nots, to throwing down some of the performances of the event so far at Trestles on his Air 17s, Jules' mid-year momentum looks unstoppable. Some of his go-to Air 17s in this new Lowers quiver are 6'0" x 18 3/4" x 2 3/8" x 28.2, geared with his signature FCS template in large. Photo Ryan Miller 

Jeremy, on fire with a torque & technique masterclass. Photo Trevor Moran

Same Jezza, same board, but twice the size of yesterday. It pays to have a good all-rounder! Monsta 6, 5'9 1/2" x 18 1/4" x 2 1/4" x 24.6L (he's 5'9" / 68kg). Photo Ryan Miller 

Freddy, powering straight through to the quarters. Photo Trevor Moran

While Fred rode a 6'2" Forget Me Not in almost everything at solid JBay, the range of conditions so far at Lowers have him reaching for the same Monsta 6 in his slightly thicker/wider shortboard dims - 6'0 1/2" x 19" x 2 7/16" x 28.7L (he's 6'1" / 81kg). Photo Ryan Miller

Ace, laying rail on his forehand en route to a big win over Wiggolly in round three. Photo Trevor Moran

Like most of the team, as Lowers gets bigger and better Ace is sticking with his favourite all-rounder. Right now, it's a HYFI Monsta 6, and it's giving that razor sharp backhand even more spring than ever before. Photo Trevor Moran


Just like his shortboard in HYFI that he used on the way to making the final in Brazil, this Monsta 6 in our new tech is Ace's go-to so far in California - 5'10" x 18 5/8" x 2 5/16" x 25.5L (he's 5'9" / 76kg). Photo Ryan Miller 


Early Days at the Hurley Pro

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

JS, talking boards in the locker room with a few of the Traktor Team on opening day. Clip Peter King 

Fred, going big on his way to round three. Photo Trevor Moran

From the JBay final to current Rookie of the Year frontrunner, Fred's power game has delivered heavily so far in 2017. Photo Trevor Moran

With smaller but still rippable walls on offer, he went with his regular shortboard in slightly thicker, wider dims - 6'0 1/2" x 19" x 2 7/16" x 28.7L (he's 6'1" / 81kg). Photo Trevor Moran

Owen, throwing tail in round one. Despite looking super sharp on the few quality waves that came through, he lost a tight one to Jeremy. Photo Trevor Moran


After surfing a bunch of quality waves recently on Forget Me Nots, Hurley Pro opening day had O going back to his favourite Monsta 6, in the same dims that he used to win at Snapper - 6'3" x 19" x 2 3/8" x 29.5L (he's 6'3" / 76kg). Photo Ryan Miller

Jeremy, stamping some authority on the end section, en route to round three. Photo Trevor Moran


Jezza's made the final at a Trestles event before, and he's right back on the same dims that got him there - Monsta 6 5'9 1/2" x 18 1/4" x 2 1/4" x 24.6L (he's 5'9" / 68kg). Photo Ryan Miller

Fast, polished, and progressive as ever. Hiroto, tail high on his way to the first CT heat win of his career. Photo Trevor Moran 

Hiroto and his go-to Monsta 6, 5'8 1/2" x 18 1/8" x 2 1/4" x 24L (he's 5'4" / 64kg). Photo Ryan Miller

Ace, putting that razor sharp backhand to work on his way to a big round two heat win. Photo Trevor Moran


From home to Hawaii, Brazil and California, Ace has been loving his HYFIs over the last year - especially in conditions like the Hurley Pro's seen so far. At 5'9" / 76kg, he rides a HYFI Monsta 6 5'10" x 18 5/8" x 2 5/16" x 25.5L. Photo Ryan Miller

Julian, exploding through the Lowers left. Photo Trevor Moran

Since taking top honours at Teahupo'o, Jules and JS have put a lot of work into refining his Air 17s, where now he has a full quiver of new shortboards completely dialled in for Lowers. At 6'0" / 80kg, he rides 6'0" x 18 3/4" x 2 3/8" x 28.2L. Photo Ryan Miller

Sometimes, getting to town extra early is well worth it, especially when the forecast plays out like this year. Jules, looking fast and loose in the warm-ups. Clip Jimmy Lees.


Mikey Wright spring-loaded on the HYFI Nitro & PsychoNitro

Monday, September 04, 2017

With the QS travelling from Huntington to Spain’s fickle beachies, Mikey’s surfed his fair share of average waves lately. Back home, the Gold Coast also saw a terrible run of surf between contests, with classic early spring onshores and barely any swell. Thankfully, we had the perfect boards to test at the time, with Mikey flairing on both HYFI Nitro’s and Psycho Nitro’s, often in waves we wouldn’t have even bothered looking at without the right grovellers. Board breakdowns, below (he’s 6’0” / 78kg):

HYFI NITRO - 5'7" x 19 5/8" x 2 3/8" x 28.5L 

HYFI PSYCHO NITRO - 5'5" x 19 3/4" x 2 1/2" x 29.3L 

Mikey's HYFI Nitro, geared with our FCS template in large for maximum drive and flow. 

The Nitro's even shorter, wider, younger brother - our Psycho Nitro, in HYFI. 


Julian Wilson, Champion in Tahiti

Monday, August 14, 2017

Jules, seconds after his victory lap to seal CT win number three! Photo Ryan Miller 

After three days of non-stop, cutthroat competition, Julian Wilson is the new Billabong Pro Tahiti champion! Our boy built from start to finish, coming from behind in the final to lock in his two best waves of the entire event to overcome a combo from Medina. With so much hard work from Jules in reef break tubes over the last few years, plus a lot of R&D alongside JS on nailing the right boards, we're over the moon to see J-Dub take such a well earned victory at Teahupo'o. Bring on Trestles!  

Board breakdowns, below (he's 6'0" / 80kg): 

Between rain squalls and onshores, there was still plenty of perfection to be found. Jules, locked into one of the waves of the event on Saturday. Photo Ryan Miller

From Cloudbreak to Teahupo'o, we've seen a lot of small to mid-size waves mixing performance with tube riding. Throughout the dream tour leg we've seen Jules use a range of Forget Me Not's, including several in his shortboard size - 6'0 1/2" x 18 3/4" x 2 7/16" x 28.6L. Fin setups have also changed depending on conditions, with the choice in Tahiti being his signature JW thruster set in large (he's 6'0" / 80kg). Photo Ryan Miller 

Extra insight from the man himself on his go-to board this year in Tahiti! Clip Peter King / WSL

Julian's commitment to the treacherous inside section (especially against Ace) had him on the ski more often than most. Thanks to these guys, he made it to the podium almost completely unscathed. Celebration time! Photo Ryan Miller

It's definitely no coincidence that the latest in a long line of battles between these two guys was the best final of the year so far... think the World Title race just got even more interesting? Photo Ryan Miller. 


Mikey Wright in ROOT

Thursday, August 10, 2017

In the water Mikey never gives less than 100%. Because of that, giant air attempts landed him out of the water and in recovery mode on more than one occasion in 2016. But in 2017, a lot more's gone his way thanks to hard work, plenty of rehab, and of course a huge amount of talent. From a semi-finals finish in the first QS 10,000 of the year in Ballito, to a West Aus trip that produced some of the most entertaining clips of the year, our boy's building towards big things. ROOT is the latest edit from Mikey and all-round legend Wade Carroll, and it's got everything you could ever want in 4 minutes of brutality. Board breakdowns, below (he's 6'0" / 78kg): 

HYFI MONSTA BOX - 5'10" x 19 1/4" x 2 3/8" x 28.1L

AIR 17 - 5'11 1/2" x 19" x 2 3/8" x 28.2L

HYFI MONSTA 6 - 5'11 1/2" x 18 7/8" x 2 3/8" x 27.8L 

MONSTA 6 - 6'0" x 18 7/8" x 2 3/8" x 28.1L

MONSTA 6 round - 6'1" x 18 7/8" x 2 3/8" x 28.5L 

Fresh shortboards about to pass the old "under arm" test. HYFI Monsta 6, and an Air 17, ready for some small wave schralping. 

Mikey, casual amongst the chaos. Photo Andrew Shield


Owen's Teahupo'o Blades

Monday, August 07, 2017

 

 

After a solid showing at perfect JBay, Owen's off to one of his favourite waves in the world for the next CT stop - Teahupo'o. Over the last few years he's had perfect 10s, finals, and some of the most memorable performances of all-time, including the AI award for commitment during 2014's huge swell. Quite simply, Tahiti's most famous and dangerous wave takes a very special surfer to rise to the challenge, and Owen is one of the rare few equipped to do just that. Here's what O's packing (he's 6'3" / 76kg): 

FORGET ME NOT - 6'3 1/2" x 19" x 2 3/8" x 29.3L

FORGET ME NOT - 6'4 1/2" x 19" x 2 3/8" x 29.7L

FMN STEP UP - 6'6" x 19" x 2 3/8" x 29.9L

FMN STEP UP - 6'8" x 19" x 2 3/8" x 31.1L

FMN STEP UP - 6'10" x 19" x 2 3/8" x 32L

 

From packing closeouts to charging (and making) some of the best tubes of the day, it was waves like this that made O an easy choice for the AI award in 2014. Photo WSL / Will Hayden-Smith


Non-Stop Perfection in SA

Friday, July 21, 2017

The last men standing at JBay, both owners of perfect 10s, a couple of hard fought trophies, and the obligatory face full of our title sponsor's suds. What a week! Photo Ryan Miller

With JBay firing non-stop from the warm-ups to just about every round of competition, Fred stuck with one of his favourite slight step-ups all the way to the finals. At 6'1" / 81kg, he rides a 6'2" x 18 7/8" x 2 3/8" x 28.5L Forget Me Not squash tail. Photo Ryan Miller

Fred, using every inch of that longer rail line (and longer frame) on another dreamy Supers canvas. Photo Trevor Moran

Julian looked incredibly sharp right from the start in SA, and kept delivering all the way through to another huge semi-final result at one of his favourite waves. Photo Trevor Moran

From throwing down 10s with tubes like this, to laying into some of the best rail turns of the event, Jules is a perennial standout at the best point break in the world. Photo Trevor Moran

J-Dub, heavy on the back foot. Similar to Fred, he went with a slight step up 6'2" Forget Me Not on the bigger days, but also switched to several other favourites - including his regular shortboard (Monsta 6, 6'0 1/2" x 18 3/4" x 2 3/8" x 28L). Photo Trevor Moran


Another brand new gem made especially for the Jefferies Bay points was this FOMO channel bottom Monsta 6, 6'1" x 18 3/4" x 2 3/8" x 28.4L. With Joel, Jules and JS himself experimenting even more with channels this year (and absolutely loving them when conditions call for it) we've made them available on all PU custom orders for that extra bit of drive and speed in good waves. Photo Trevor Moran

JBay 2017's already guaranteed to be one of the most memorable CT events in recent memory for everyone around the world, but for this guy, it's just about the biggest milestone of his career so far. Congratulations Fred! Photo Trevor Moran


On Fire At JBay

Sunday, July 16, 2017

One of the classiest match-ups in surfing - Joel and Jeffries. Photo Trevor Moran

Everything in the right place. Photo Ryan Miller

After several days of waking up before dawn to be ready for the call, Parko came out of the blocks firing to win the first heat of the event and waltz straight onto round three. With perfect, overhead sets on offer, he settled on a new Forget Me Not squash tail, 6'1 1/2" x 18 7/8" x 2 3/8" x 28.5L (6'0" / 81kg). Photo Ryan Miller


Jeremy flaired on his way through to round three with plenty of power gauges just like this. Photo Ryan Miller

Like Joel, Jezza went with a slight step-up for the pumping, long walls of opening day. Bumping up from his usual shortboard (a 5'9 1/2" M6 squash), this one is 5'10 1/2" x 18 1/4" x 2 1/4" x 24.9L, pulled into a smooth round tail for extra hold and drive. Photo Ryan Miller

Owen dropped one of the biggest scores of his heat with turns like this huge fin waft, but couldn't quite find the back-up he needed to jump straight into round three. Up next when round two resumes, O's got several Forget Me Not's that JS built to complement his favourite FMN shortboard from Brazil - 6'3" x 19" x 2 3/8" x 29.3L (he's 6'3" / 76kg). Photo Trevor Moran

O, ready to roll with one of his bright new Forget Me Nots. Photo Ryan Miller 

Firing JBay suits Fred better than just about any stop on Tour (or anywhere, for that matter). Big man, big turn, beautiful canvas. Photo Trevor Moran

With plenty of similar right points at home in Portugal, Fred's dialled in this part of his quiver constantly over the last year or so. In fun to perfect surf like we saw in round one, his go-to dims are a 6'0" x 18 7/8" x 2 3/8" x 28.1L Monsta 6 (6'1" / 81kg). Photo Ryan Miller

 

Ace's razor sharp backhand had commentators like Ronnie Blakey calling him the standout of all the goofy-footers during the warm up sessions. Not hard to see why with big cracks like this! At 5'9" / 76kg, one of his favourite shortboards is a 5'10" x 18 5/8" x 2 3/8" x 26L Monsta 6. Photo Ryan Miller

 

When power, progression and technical polish all come together, you get turns like this banger from just before opening day. Like all of the very best surfers at the top of their game, Jules just keeps adding extra layers to his already insane repertoire. Photo Ryan Miller. 

JW laid down some serious tracks pre-event, and found plenty of favourites in his quiver in the process. This one's a 6'0 1/2" x 18 3/4" x 2 3/8" x 28L Monsta 6 (he's 6'0" / 80kg). Clip Peter King

Long arcs, stupid amounts of power, and one of the best bottom turns in the world. J-Dub at JBay. Photo Ryan Miller 

It's hard to fathom the amount of talent between these two guys. Legends on land, freaks in the water, long-time friends (except for maybe in a heat), and quite possibly Australia's next World Champs. Big things to come in SA! 


J-Bay Quivers - Julian

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Julian's approach is built for J-Bay. The technical polish, swooping bottom turns and long lines he draws translate to some of the best surfing we've ever seen out there, not to mention final and semi-finals appearances during the CT event over the last two years.

For this year's quiver, Jules is rolling with a bunch of his existing favourite M6s and Forget Me Nots, plus a few new shortboards both in his regular dims and slightly thicker variations. With the extra rubber involved (not to mention the paddling, wind, and overall pace of the wave & lineup), a bit of extra volume is often great to have up your sleeve for certain conditions. Full breakdown, below (he's 6'0" / 80kg): 

 

MONSTA 6 - 5'11 1/2" x 18 3/4" x 2 3/8" x 27.7L

MONSTA 6 - 5'11 1/2" x 18 3/4" x 2 7/16" x 27.9L (swallow tail channel bottom)

MONSTA 6 - 6'0 1/2" x 18 3/4" x 2 3/8" x 28L

MONSTA 6 - 6'0 1/2" x 18 3/4" x 2 7/16" x 28.1L

Bright, fast, and ready for the best point break in the world. 

 


J-Bay Quivers - Joel

Monday, July 03, 2017

We're right in the middle of the CT's dream leg, and with this type of wave quality on hand, you know Joel's going to be a major contender at each stop. Fiji especially is one of Parko's favourite places in the world, and after tearing his way to the semi-finals at Cloudbreak on a new FOMO channel bottom Monsta 6, there have been a few late additions to his J-Bay board bag!

Ever since JS made himself a few channel bottoms over the Christmas holidays (including one borrowed/stolen by Joel for a trip to Bali), the boys have kept them on hand whenever the waves turn on. Now, with Parko heading to one of the best and fastest point breaks in the world, it's the perfect time to break out a bunch of fresh FOMOs, plus his standard go-to Monsta 6s. Full breakdown, below (he's 6'0" / 81kg):

MONSTA 6 - 6'0" x 18 7/8" x 2 3/8" x 28.1L

MONSTA 6 - 6'1" x 18 7/8" x 2 3/8" x 28.6L

MONSTA 6 round - 6'2 1/2" x 18 7/8" x 2 3/8" x 28.7L

MONSTA 6 swallow - 6'2 1/2" x 18 7/8" x 2 3/8" x 29L

 

Four channel bottoms in slight step-up dims, plus two more (bottom) in Joel's regular shortboard size. 

With a lot of the bigger boards being round tails, JS also put a few swallows in to mix perfectly with the speed of the longer channel bottoms. This one (left) also has a similar tiger spray to one of Joel's favourites from last year that he rode to the final at Trestles... here's hoping one of these lets him get on a similar role in SA! 

 

 


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